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‘The Plan’ … our leaders comment

A plan supported by prayer

Four Michigan Conference leaders — Bishop David Bard, Rev. Benton Heisler, Laura Witkowski, and Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai — offer their initial responses to the separation plan announced on January 3rd.

New year, new tasks

Wise men leave Bethlehem with new tasks ahead.

In his first Joyful Journey blog of 2020, Bishop David Bard talks about important tasks before The Michigan Conference of The UMC … ministry work, soul work, and grief work.

Bishop named two new D.S.s

Bishop named two new DSs

Bishop David Bard named LuAnn Rourke and John Kasper to his Cabinet. The Heritage and Central Bay districts welcome these new superintendents on July 1, 2020.

Trustees clarify disaffiliation process

Trustees offer signpost

Jim LeBaron, Chair of the Michigan Conference Board of Trustees, announces that an updated Withdrawal Agreement has been posted to the Disaffiliation webpage.

New hope after Detroit flood

Hope in face of fire and flood.

Bishop David Bard says that Advent is a time to bring goodwill and kindness to life. Gifts to the 2019 Advent Offering will make a difference for those suffering from fire, flood, and famine.

Light and life for all

Light for a girl and for all

Remembering lyrics of Charles Wesley and Bruce Springsteen, Bishop David Bard, reflects on the nature of darkness and light. Looking ahead, he forecasts “The new year will not be dull.”

Central Bay DS statement

Bishop makes Superintendent announcement

Bishop David Bard, Michigan Area United Methodist Church, makes an important announcement regarding the Superintendent of the Central Bay District.

‘What are you waiting for?’

Lighting and waiting

Advent begins again on December 1st. With wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes leaving lives broken around the globe, Bishop David Bard invites all to consider a gift to Disaster Recovery. He asks, “What are you waiting for?”

Advent Offering shines light

Light enters life through prayer.

Advent begins Dec. 1. Bishop Bard reminds us God’s promised light is coming into the world through Christ once again. Help dispel the darkness with a gift to Disaster Recovery.

Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

Michigan Town & Country Ministries Presents the 50th Annual Circuit Rider Retreat Featuring Keynote Speaker Bishop David A. Bard   Open to ALL pastors and spouses serving smaller, single and multiple-point churches.  The retreat is also open to retired pastors who have attended in the past.   Join us at the West Branch Quality Inn… Continue Reading Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

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